Court of Appeal holds grant of permission to appeal is invalid

The recent judgment of the Court of Appeal in the case of Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring v Associated Newspapers Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 1470 provides an overview of how, and crucially when, permission to appeal should be sought at first instance.

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Unjustified threats of legal action can amount to harassment

The facts: On 17 May 2018, the Court of Appeal, in the case of Worthington & Anor v Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1125, upheld an ex-tempore judgment of His Honour Judge Owen QC delivered on 10 June 2016, in which he found that the Defendant housing association, Metropolitan Housing Trust Limited, had unlawfully harassed two of its tenants.

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High Court allows service of injunction by text message in blackmail case

The High Court has made an order in the anonymised case of NPV v QEL & ZED [2018] EWHC 703 (QB) allowing for service of an injunction by text message.  The case involves claims for misuse of private information and harassment in respect of an alleged blackmail attempt.

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Alex Cochrane joins Brett Wilson LLP

Brett Wilson LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Alex Cochrane in the firm’s media law department.

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Max Campbell becomes a partner of Brett Wilson LLP

Brett Wilson LLP is delighted to announce that Max Campbell is now a partner of the firm.

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Forthcoming ‘right to be forgotten’ cases and the interplay with the GDPR

With a number of high-profile claims against Google in the offing, practitioners and individuals alike are hopeful for guidance on the interplay between the application of the ‘right to be forgotten’ principle and the forthcoming introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Iain Wilson, managing partner of Brett Wilson LLP, considers the issues at hand.

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Leveson 2 and section 40 scrapped: government succumb to the power of the press

Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry (colloquially referred to as ‘Leveson 2’) which had been intended to address ‘the extent of unlawful or improper conduct within News International and other media organisations’ has been formally canned by the Government.  Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, which, had it ever come into force, would have made news publishers who were not subject to a Government-approved regulator, liable for the costs of defamation, privacy, and harassment claims, regardless of whether they won or lost, will now be repealed at the earliest opportunity.

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Law relating to social media to be reviewed

The Prime Minister has indicated that the Law Commission will review legislation “to ensure that the criminal law, which was drafted long before the creation of social media platforms, is appropriate to meet the challenges posed by this new technology”. A new “social media code of practice”, providing guidelines for content and conduct and how companies report abuse is also proposed.

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Vlogger Chrissy Chambers secures damages in revenge porn settlement

In a widely-reported settlement, the American vlogger Chrissy Chambers has recovered damages from her former British boyfriend – anonymised in the High Court proceedings as “DCR”.

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